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Colloquial French Grammar

A Practical Guide


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Colloquial French Grammar by Rodney Ball
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The many differences between formal and informal, written and spoken French are one of the most striking features of the language, and can cause problems even for its native speakers. Colloquial French Grammar provides a practical, non-technical survey of those aspects of morphology and syntax where standard and non-standard French differ.Taking the key areas of grammar in turn, Rodney Ball describes the forms used in everyday French and indicates their level of colloquialness. A basic knowledge of the standard language is assumed, but less elementary points are reviewed and explanations are given of all the grammatical terms employed. Authentic conversational material is used in the examples, and there are a large number of exercises to aid and stimulate the reader. Designed specifically for the language-learner and for others who require a description of informal French structures, Colloquial French Grammar is the first systematic overview of its kind for non-native speakers.

Author Biography

Rodney Ball is Senior Lecturer in French in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton. He has published widely on current developments in the language, and is author of The French--Speaking World: a Practical Introduction to Sociolinguistic Issues (1997).
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August 20th, 2000
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Blackwell Publishers
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